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EMMA De­icke is still in a “dream land” af­ter be­ing an­nounced as the 2017 win­ner of the Miss Rodeo Aus­tralia ti­tle.

“It hasn’t sunk in that I am go­ing to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia in­ter­na­tion­ally,” she said.

Af­ter a tour of War­wick and a py­jama party with the other con­tes­tants from around the coun­try, Ms De­icke took part in a horse­man­ship chal­lenge be­fore a one-on-one in­ter­view, a writ­ten exam and an in­for­mal ques­tio­nand-an­swer ses­sion on stage at War­wick Rodeo Heritage Cen­tre.

When she heard her name called as the win­ner of the quest, she did not realise and it took the yelling and cheer­ing from her fam­ily in the crowd for her to un­der­stand she had won the ti­tle.

“I looked up and I looked at them and they were all cry­ing and my friend next to me said ‘oh my god it was you’ and I was like ‘oh my god, it was my name’,” she said.

“All the girls did an ex­cep­tional job and are all great com­peti­tors... any of us were very de­serv­ing of the po­si­tion and I am very grate­ful to the judges for pick­ing me.”

Ms De­icke, who rep­re­sented Bowen River Rodeo As­so­ci­a­tion, was put for­ward as a late con­tes­tant in Novem­ber last year af­ter the orig­i­nal nom­i­nee could not take part.

She raised more than $6000 for her cho­sen char­ity, the Bur­rum­but­tock Hay Run­ners.

The em­ployee at Whit­sun­day Gold Cof­fee plan­ta­tion will now look for­ward to rep­re­sent­ing Aus­tralia on an in­ter­na­tional stage and at rodeo events across the na­tion.

Ms De­icke will at­tend her first rodeo in Wagga Wagga this week­end be­fore re­turn­ing home to the Whit­sun­days and will head off to her first in­ter­na­tional event, the Cheyenne Fron­tier Days Rodeo, in Wy­oming, USA, in July.


PROUD WIN­NER: Emma De­icke has won the Miss Rodeo Aus­tralia ti­tle for 2017.

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